The II International Humanitarian Forum “Civil Initiatives of the Regions of the 60th Parallel” held in Khanty-Mansiysk from 28-29 November 2017 organised by the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra and Autonomous institution of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra Center “Open Region”.

The President of the BRICS International Forum and International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs invited as an expert speaker in the sessions “Public diplomacy as a factor of sustainable development of the territory”.

The purpose of the Forum is to promote the development of civil society and the formation of a unique international humanitarian platform for interaction of science and practice on issues of civil participation in the development of the regions of the Arctic and the North.

The Forum was aimed at creation of the development of favorable conditions for the volunteer movements; creation of unified communication environment including digital technologies, which unites representatives of the NGOs, the business communities, state bodies and municipal authorities; promotion of the support system for the citizens participation in making state and municipal solutions; Establishment of the international “Charter of citizens participation in the development of the Arctic and the North Regions; Exchange of experience on the participation of representatives of indigenous people of the North in Civil Society development in the regions of Arctic and the Northern territories; Transmission of the experience of public institutions on fighting extremism, ethnic and religious intolerance; Promotion of the principles and methods of  strategic, project and  incremental administration of NGO activities.

Within the framework of the international forum “Civil Initiatives of the Regions of the 60th Parallel” a session of the section “Public Diplomacy as a Factor of Sustainable Development of the Territory” was held on 28 Nov 2017.

Participants from 10 Russian regions and 9 countries of the world, in particular, Israel, Serbia, India, Korea, Finland, exchanged experience and practices on strengthening public diplomacy.

The moderator of the section Angelina Grokholskaya, the host of the “Big Country” program of the Public Television of Russia, spoke about her first acquaintance with the stated topic.

“In my childhood, it was unclear to me what important Samantha Smith and Katya Lycheva had done. And it was only with age that it became clear to me that these girls had become real heroines, trying to take matters into the hands of strengthening peace among nations. In my opinion, this is the best example of public diplomacy, which is one of the forms of “soft power” – Angelina Grokholskaya believes.

Purnima Anand, President of the BRICS International Forum shared how important to have civil organizations to implement the reforms in the field of politics, law, education, health, environment, agriculture, gender equality and security.

“Civil organisations have the responsibility to not only guide the states but also to work with states in successfully implementing the projects and reforms for the citizens of the state. When Civil organisations perform their task properly we find a progress in the society and in turn progress of the state.” said   Purnima Anand

Vladimir Voloshin, managing partner of Newman Sport & Business Consulting, co-founder of IRONSTAR & ROSA RUN, the moderator and moderator of the talk show, the first president of the community of graduates of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO shared his experience of how to turn his own passion into socially responsible business.

“It’s fashionable to be healthy today, but one day I realized that it’s possible to earn money on this, not only for myself. By advertising our projects, we “work on two fronts” – inside and outside Russia. We see that there is a great need in the regions. Moscow and St. Petersburg are simply “overfed” by events, but in the backwoods a colossal need for any bright innovations. Among other things, our projects help develop event tourism. We are telling abroad about the opportunities of our country – and people are going to see what they learned from us. After we saw the opportunities of Ugra, all its infrastructure mechanisms and huge potential, we are ready to advertise it abroad, “Voloshin confessed.

Bert Grojsman, leader of the organization “Step into the future – international internships and trainings in Israel”, shared her achievements with pride. Thus, she spoke in detail about the experience of forming interethnic relations, as well as about the noble and difficult task of searching for bone marrow donors for the treatment of children.

Natalia Gladkikh, Candidate of Psychology, associate professor of the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University, told the participants of the Civil Initiatives Forum about the success of the Gladway Foundation for Media Projects and Social Programs, of which she is a co-founder. “International activity is now an integral part of the fund’s activities,” Natalya Gladkikh noted. “Thanks to this, our participants entered the prestigious international competitions, participated in scientific and practical conferences, shared experience in supporting social entrepreneurship.”

Mikko Lokhikoski, senior advisor to the mayor of the Finnish city of Turku, described in detail how successful the Scandinavian countries have been in building the civil society, how local governments work there and on the inalienable right of citizens to influence the decision-making process of the authorities.

Cognitive for all gathered was the report of the head of the all-Russian project “Good Neighbors” Sergei Kuznetsov. “For 12 years now we have been holding a federal action” International Day of Neighbors “, we are promoting several interesting directions, representatives of our project have visited many regions and held eight conferences in federal districts, project specialists are involved in the work of several all-Russian organizations and movements. One of the components of the project is the implementation of the “Neighborhood Security” program, which includes issues of integrated neighborhood security. By such actions we help citizens to remember all the components of the concept of “good neighborliness”, – said Sergey Kuznetsov.

Recall that the II International Humanitarian Forum “Civil Initiatives of Regions of the 60th Parallel” was organized by the Government of Ugra and the Open Region Center. The telecommunication partner of the event is Rostelecom.


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